Another solar keyboard enters the market, there’s also a solar camcorder too, and a Chinese automaker launches its first concept car.
Solar Powered Touch Keyboard
We reported last week that Logitech has unveiled its solar power keyboard. Now, Au Optronics, a Taiwan-based company is demonstrating its new solar touch keyboard, one step above Logitech’s. This new keyboard is in essence a solar sheet only 2.1 mm wide. The technology combines the keyboard and solar panel into a uniquely slim and almost reflective surface to cut energy consumption by up to 20 percent. Like its Logitech counterpart, the Taiwanese keyboard can use both natural and artificial light for recharging. However, unlike Logitech’s freestanding wireless board, the Au Optronics keyboard will be incorporated into laptops.
Solar Powered Camocorder
With the holiday season fast approaching, a new solar-powered camcorder is the perfect gadget for the photography buffs. The tiny device has a solar panel that will charge an onboard battery that provides 12 minutes of life for every hour of sun exposure. The camcorder has a 8X digital zoom and will have PC connectability. Videos will also shoot in high definition, making the solar recorder competitive with today’s technologies. It boasts 480 pixel resolution and up to a 32 GB memory card. The energy efficient camcorder is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $130.
Chinese Automaker Unveils First Electric Car
Chinese car manufacturer Chery Automobiles has not been behind new electric technology. However, the company has never launched any of its concept cars until now with its first ever distribution of the Ruilin M1. The car is battery-powered using a lithium-ion phosphate battery pack that lets the vehicle reach speeds of 75 mph. In addition, the vehicle touts a distance range of up to 93 miles on a single charge. Chery also presented four other new EV solutions that will use lithium-ion phosphate batteries, including Ruilin X1, Chery A5, Ruilin G5 and another model in the M1 line. Though prices and other specifications are not yet decided, Chery is finally joining the international trend towards fuel and energy efficiency.
Nuclear Power and Energy Conference in Las Vegas
The signing earlier this year of the India Nuclear Deal was a major milestone for the United States nuclear energy industry. Professionals of that very industry are now gathered in Las Vegas for the start of the American Nuclear Society’s Winter Meeting on “Nuclear Progress.” The conference will discuss the most recent developments in the nuclear science and engineering field including agendas such as “Nuclear Energy Growth in Emerging Markets.” This particular presentation will be delivered by Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, the United Arab Emirates’ representative to the Internatinoal Atomic Energy Agency. Other highlights for the event include panels to find solutions to the nuclear waste issue and the use of recycling the used fuel and talks regarding the advancements in nuclear medical isotopes.
Connecticut’s Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge will Reduce Energy Consumption
Connecticut’s Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge kicked off today and announced the opening of the opening of the program’s new headquarters. The new office will house a number of the program’s initiatives such as the forthcoming Clean Energy Community Corps, a group of trained individuals who will advocate energy efficiency in neighborhoods across Connecticut. The Neighbor to Neighbor challenge will encourage residents of 14 towns to reduce their energy use by 20 percent. The program has publications that will enlighten residents about the various ways they can attain the efficiency goals. Participants can sign up for Home Energy Solutions, a Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund program that provides a variety of home energy saving measures, or even just log onto the program website to learn more about energy costs and various thermal systems. The program predicts lifetime energy savings of nearly $150 million, just the solution to today’s economic blues. “The Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is just what the doctor ordered for Connecticut’s economy,” said Donna Hemmann, Mayor of the Town of Wethersfield. “With small businesses suffering and people out of work, community energy savings programs are a sure way to create jobs and inject dollars back into our communities. I know our success will set a compelling example for the rest of the country.”
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